Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) on Newer Volkswagens

With the requirement put in place in 2007 for every vehicle to be equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, the standard method involved having a transmitter on each wheel. This transmitter emits a wireless signal that the vehicle computer receives and processes. At a minimum, this transmission contains the tire pressure and an ID code. This ID code...  Read More

Comparing the Continental ExtremeContact DWS vs the ExtremeContact DWS 06

What are the differences between the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 and the previous-generation DWS.   The original DWS was widely popular from the day it hit the market about six years ago. Still flirting with the number one spot in our customer ratings, Continental certainly recognizes they have a good thing going. Realistically they have no reason to...  Read More

I Have an Audi with Quattro, Do I Still Need Winter Tires?

Often our sales team is asked if a driver should still purchase a set of winter tires even if they have the all-wheel drive Audi with the Quatrro system. The answer is a resounding yes. There is no question the Quattro system will distribute the power to the tires in such a way as to maximize traction during acceleration. What about stopping and turning? The...  Read More

Great Tire Options for Your Dodge Journey

The 225/55R19 equipped Dodge Journey has presented owners with some challenges when it comes time for replacement tires. As mentioned in "Tire Alternatives and Options for Your Dodge Journey", finding a set of new tires can be difficult. However, as of late, a couple manufacturers have stepped up to the plate to fill the void in the original size to provide...  Read More

Best Tire for Honda Odyssey

Finding the best tire for a vehicle is the holy grail of tire shopping. While there is no single guaranteed solution for everyone, there are some tires that do rise to the top after looking at test data and customer feedback. In the case of the Honda Odyssey using tire size 235/65R16, there seems to be a clear winner in the Continental TrueContact. This...  Read More

Do I Need Studless Ice & Snow or Performance Winter / Snow Tires?

When it comes to choosing your next set of winter / snow tires for a passenger vehicle, there are two main winter tire performance categories for you to consider, Studless Ice & Snow and Performance Winter / Snow. Studless Ice & Snow tires deliver the best ice and snow grip in the industry. Intended to be a friendlier alternative to studded solutions, we...  Read More

Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 or Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus, Which One's Right for Me?

Getting the call to head to out to the paddock for new tire testing always brings a smile to my face. And why wouldn't it? You want me to go really fast on a track and push the latest and greatest tires to their limit?  Thank you! Believe me, finding those traction limits with the test cars is a ton of fun and it shows us which tires deliver the goods at the...  Read More

First Impressions of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

Bridgestone has historically lead the way in winter condition traction. The more Mother Nature expresses her fury, the happier Bridgestone's winter tires seem to be. In the crossover, sport utility and small truck markets, the Blizzak DM-V1 has been the go-to tire. This fall brings us the all-new Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2.   We took our SUV test vehicles...  Read More

Looking for a Quiet Performance Tire?

A common complaint from many performance tire owners relates to noise. More specifically, the increase in noise over the life of the tires as they wear. The traditional directional tread patterns do have a propensity to get louder as they wear. This can really become an issue if uneven wear is introduced into the equation. Since directional tires can only be...  Read More

Tire Alternatives and Options for Your 2009 and Newer Honda Fit Sport

Time for new tires on your beloved Honda Fit Sport? The Original Equipment size of 185/55R16 offered two options, the Bridgestone Turanza EL470 and Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S. Regrettably, but not all that unusual for Original Equipment, they do not fare that well in our customer survey results. Looking for some other options? Then consider changing the tire...  Read More

Searching for the Best All-Season Tire for Snow

Some drivers have already experienced winter conditions this year, while for others, winter is quickly approaching. In fact, we've already had snow here in Indiana and more is on the way this weekend. The all-season tires you've been nursing along aren't going to cut it once the roads are covered with snow and ice. While nothing beats driving in the snow on...  Read More

Why You Need Winter / Snow Tires

Many people are not convinced of the advantages of winter / snow tires. With traction control, ABS, stability systems and all-wheel drive systems, some drivers think those are enough to get by when weather turns bad. There's no arguing that all of these help the driver, however none of them increase the amount of available traction. Anti-Lock BrakesAnti-lock...  Read More

Why Won't My Tires Work in the Snow?

A majority of drivers on the road utilize a single set of tires for year-round use. As the winter season is approaching, some will discover a severe lack of traction. Why is this? Let's start with the most surprising of possibilities, you could have a set of summer tires installed on your vehicle. This is a very popular set-up when purchasing a European...  Read More

The Best Performance All-Season Tire We Ever Tested?

The new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, which replaces the Pilot Sport A/S Plus, has hit our test track and made quite an impression. Recently, we tested the tire against the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season and Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. Our test used the Y-speed rated model, however W-, H- and V-speed...  Read More

Buying Winter / Snow Tires and Wheels Can Save You Money

There is no question a dedicated winter / snow tire dramatically increases your vehicle's traction in snow and on ice. While it can be an investment to equip your vehicle with a winter set-up, it by no mean leads to a higher cost of ownership.First, two sets of tires will reduce the frequency of replacement since the mileage is divided amongst the sets of...  Read More

Steel Wheels for the Ford F-150

We have recently added a winter steel wheel option for the best-selling vehicle in America, the Ford F-150. We offer the wheel for many trim levels starting with 2004. In fact, we have two options for drivers to choose from for their F-150. Basic steel wheel   Black Rock 937 Type 8P Steel Black Painted The basic option is a plain steel wheel that you can pair...  Read More

Expanded Steel Wheel Offerings at Tire Rack

One of the most requested items during the colder months is steel wheels for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. While we attempt to cover as much of the demand as possible, unfortunately as more new vehicles are standard equipped with alloy wheels, the availability of a steel wheel has become difficult over the years. There's some good news as we have...  Read More

What are the Different Types of Winter / Snow Tires?

When it comes to choosing your next set of winter / snow tires for a passenger vehicle, you'll choose an option from one of three performance categories. Studdable Winter / Snow - Tires in this category are designed to accept an optional metal stud to enhance ice traction. Drivers can run these tires without the studs and they tend to be a very good snow...  Read More

What Tire Pressure Should I Be Using?

An area of confusion for many of us is, "What's the correct air pressure for my tires?" Using the correct air pressure delivers many benefits, including performance and fuel economy. During the rotation of the tire, heat is generated, especially when the leading edge of the tread makes initial contact with the road (deflection). Having too much deflection,...  Read More

I Just Blew Out a Tire on My AWD Vehicle, Do I Have to Replace All Four Tires?

All-wheel drive vehicles offer advantages for traction especially in wet and snowy conditions over traditional two-wheel drive models. Unfortunately, since all four wheels are connected, a single blow out or non-repairable puncture can become an expensive proposition. When you install a new full tread depth tire with other tiresthat have less than the new,...  Read More